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HNLC quit notice to Nepalis

Shillong, April 16: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) today asked all Nepali foreigners from Langpih and the entire Khasi and Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya to “quit” after taking strong exception to “atrocities” faced by the people in the inter-state border areas.

“The illegal Nepali foreign settlers in Langpih have time and again caused huge damages to our people in Langpih. They are snatching away the livelihood and land of our people. They also enjoy the support of the Assam government, as they comprise a substantial vote bank,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said.

Condemning the atrocities meted out to residents at Langpih, along the West Khasi Hills-Kamrup (rural) border, and those in Block I and Block II, the HNLC said many incidents had been witnessed in the past where these “foreigners had assaulted our people”.

Nongtraw said the HNLC had received complaints that “our people were threatened with dire consequences by Karbi militants and Karbi people residing in those areas” during elections and in the past.

He said the HNLC would “not tolerate any interference of outside groups in its territory and the Karbi militant groups should harass the government of Assam instead of harassing the villagers.”